Thursday, 14 August 2008

5 Birthdays in 5 Countries

I haven't really thought about it as such until today, but my last 5 birthdays have been in 5 different countries. At 28, I was in Northern Ireland staying with a loser boyfriend and his family and my mom was there to visit. At 29 I was back home in Chicago and my best friend had a party for me. About two weeks later I moved to Leeds, England to begin studies for my MA. At 30, I had a party for myself with my new friends and classmates in England. At 31, my fiance (husband to be 2 weeks later) picked me up from work and took me to a lovely restaurant for dinner on Auckland Harbour. And now, at 32, my husband (of almost 1 year) is taking me out to dinner at our favourite local Thai restaurant in a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, where we have settled permanently. It's almost unreal. It's not as though I was travelling to exotic and different places just for my birthday; I was living in them, making my way through my life, in a strange pattern that landed me here in Australia at the end of my journey.

6 comments:

steveg said...

Multitudinous Anniversarial Felicitations!

(Many happy returns and all that)

Have a good one Susan - shame we never got a chance to share one of them with you

Best Wishes

Steve

A Free Man said...

Happy Birthday!

I've had a similar situation:

2008: upcoming, Australia
2007: Sweden
2006: France
2005: Portugal
2004: UK
2003: USA

Suzer said...

You did celebrate my bday with me Steve, or did you forget. It may not have been on the actual day but the weekend before, and my Steve was there too I think. Paula made one of her fabulous meals...a bbq I think with real hot dogs:)

the Albino Bowler said...

Hey. It was your page's layout that caught my eye. I like the way you let your thoughts flow. I've got to get back to my next chapter in the Kangaroo Rodeo, but just thought I'd say hello.

M-

steveg said...

"You did celebrate my bday with me Steve, or did you forget. It may not have been on the actual day but the weekend before, and my Steve was there too I think. Paula made one of her fabulous meals...a bbq I think with real hot dogs:)"

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Oh yeah.... forgot about that - I was thinking of the photos you showed us of you being with the university group on your birthday, hence my forgetting.... ah well it's my age you know :-)

Steve

Clare said...

A belated happy birthday.XXXX